Weddington High School opened its doors in 2000, and in the school's second decade, its football program has established itself as the team of the decade. The program's foundation was set by former head coach Tim Carson who was at the helm of the school's first state title in 2016. Andy Capone took over the reins after Carson's retirement in 2017 and has elevated Weddington football to an elite program in the state of North Carolina.
The Warriors have won three state championships, their last, this past season with a 16-0 dominating campaign, and finished as the runner-up in the 2014 state championship game.
As a result, the program now garners the attention of area kids looking to transfer to Weddington in search of rings and scholarship offers.
Under Capone's first two seasons, the Warriors are 31-1 with back-to-back state titles. Credit Capone with the increase of Warrior players receiving attention from college recruiters and coaches.
The talent pool is bigger than ever at Weddington, but a head coach also has to put in the time and effort when it comes to the recruiting game to assist a student-athlete and their family. Capone excels in this department as well.
Weddington is led by five-star running back Will Shipley, the county's running back of the decade is also one of the most decorated athletes in county history claiming six-state championships, and he still has one more year.
Monroe had a great decade with an undefeated 16-0 championship season in 2015 and a state runner-up in the 2013 championship.
Quarterback Zephaniah Wall led those Redhawks during their championship runs. On defense, havoc was raised by two of the smallest linemen to ever play in the county, Deandre Staton and Miquille Bryant. They were dynamic and feasted in the opponent's backfield in 2015.
Metrolina Christian opened in 1992 but started to play football in 2011, and Head Coach, Thomas Langley has been at the helm from day one.
Langley built the football program at Metrolina, and it is the envy of a lot of private schools in the area, never having to suffer through a losing season. The Warriors have finished as state championship runner-ups the last two years.
Porter Ridge opened up the decade on fire with a regional finals runner-up and two consecutive state championship runner-ups in 2011 and 2012. The Pirates were loaded with some of the best athletes in those days- running backs Chris Duffy, Jerrick Robbins, and wideout Luke Bayly are just a few of the standouts that made a difference on Friday nights.
Sun Valley was a 2017 regional finals runner-up and home to the county's quarterback and player of the decade, Sam Howell. Early in the decade, it was running back Albert Funderburk, who established himself as the county's all-time career rusher.
Marvin Ridge's decade performance was admirable, considering the program had four head coaches during this time. Thanks to the decades' fourth coach, Aubrey Carter, for settling everything down and reestablishing the Maverick program as one of the county's best.